Do not hold Presidential elections: UN’s Chief to Syria (CNN)

Posted: April 22, 2014 in News

Elections are usually an effective way to throw out unfavorable presidents or regimes. That is, unless you live in Syria.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Syria against holding presidential elections on June 3, a date the government announced Monday.

Having elections during the current crisis “will damage the political process and hamper the prospects for political solution,” said Ban’s spokesman, Stephane Dujarric.

He added that such elections are incompatible with the Geneva Communique — the international plan adopted two years ago that calls for a transitional government to lead to free and fair elections

If history repeats itself, the upcoming elections will yield no major change in a country now devastated by civil war.

President Bashar al-Assad’s family has had a tight grip on power in Syria for the past 43 years. Al-Assad succeeded his father in 2000 and won a second term in 2007, unopposed.

While countries such as Russia have backed the Syrian regime, many others want to see al-Assad go.

And as each day passes in the civil war, dozens or scores of people are killed, dissidents say. The opposition Local Coordination Committees of Syria said 107 people, including 20 children, were killed in attacks across the country Monday.

Well over 100,000 people, including many civilians, have been killed in Syria’s three-year civil war, which pits government forces against rebels trying to end al-Assad’s rule.

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